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Space station adjusts course to avoid debris

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The International Space Station adjusted its orbit to avoid a piece of debris
  • Controllers do that even when the chance of a collision is very low

(CNN) -- The International Space Station changed course Tuesday to avoid space debris, Russian news agencies reported Tuesday.

The debris posed a small risk to the station and its crew, the state-run ITAR-TASS news agency of Russia reported. Even so, the station changed course to avoid it, the Interfax news agency said, citing mission control spokesman Valery Lyndin.

Controllers decide to adjust the station's orbit when an approaching piece of debris is deemed dangerous. Such approaches are "called dangerous if the possibility of a collision is 0.001 percent" or more, Lyndin, told ITAR-TASS.